Students test their STEM skills during Science Olympiad competition

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WITN) - Some Eastern North Carolina students tested their science skills at a local university for a chance at a state competition.

Middle school and high school teams came to East Carolina University to build machines and make models in Science Olympiad, a STEM competition.

About 900 students, teachers and parents from all over the east attended the big event.

The Olympiad's Director Shawn Moore said the event gives students a chance to apply skills they learn in the classroom.

"They're building something with their hands, they're creating with their minds and this is not textbook based, it's inquiry hands-on based," Moore said.

Teams who win competitions will advance to the statewide tournament in Raleigh.